TOKYO, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Masahiko Komura, vice president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), called Wednesday for Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose to quit from the post, marking the first time a senior LDP lawmaker raised the issue, reported local media.
Komura said Inose's receiving of a large number of money is enough to warrant the governor's resignation, according to Japan's Kyodo News, quoting the LDP vice chief as saying that Tokyo's preparation for the 2020 Olympics would be affected if Inose delays his decision.
Inose received 50 million yen (about 485,600 dollars) from the scandal-hit hospital chain Tokushukai ahead of his gubernatorial election last December and has been grilled recently at the Tokyo metropolitan assembly over the dubious money transfer.
Scandal-hit Tokyo governor to give up 1-year salary as punishment
TOKYO, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Naoki Inose, governor of Japan's capital city of Tokyo, said he will give up his salary for next year as a "penance" for accepting money from a hospital organization Tokushukai, according to local media.
Inose pledged at a general committee session of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly set up to question the scandal that Inose accepted 50 million yen (about 485,250 U.S. dollars) ahead of his election last December. Full story